Like any job in any industry, there can be times that you feel a little uninspired and unmotivated.
Some days you feel energised and ready to take on whatever the day will throw at you. Other days, you’ll want to crawl back into
bed. Steve Jobs once said, “When that goes on for a few days (that feeling of being uninspired and unmotivated) I have to stop and ask myself what’s changed?”
It is important to be able to recognize what it is about your work that you despise. Why are you feeling so much resistance? How can you fall back in love with your job?
Here are 6 steps you can take to fall back in love with your job.
1. Change your mindset
Try and shift direction towards a more positive one. Thinking negatively rarely gets you places. Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.
2. Continue to educate yourself
Continue to learn and challenge yourself. Education is the key to success and can open up many opportunities for you. Even though you may already have a qualification, why not think about doing another course to challenge yourself and refresh your mind?
Looking for something a little less formal? There are some fantastic podcasts available online that you can easily listen to on your way to work during the commute, or even at home in the evenings.
You can also attend a conference or a seminar to help with professional development or expand your vocabulary by reading more books. Learning never stops. It also encourages you to strive towards a promotion.
3. Get creative
Try to have a creative outlet outside of your work place as this can help provide inspiration. Do you love finding new bush walks to trek, are you a surfer, do you want to try that new dancing class at your gym, do you love cooking? Get a hobby and use it to your advantage. Hobbies expand your interests and your knowledge. They also help to remove you from a work mindset and transition into a creative mindset. When you get creative, you will have the mental space to sit back, relax and approach the reasons why you fell in love with your work in the first place. What was it that attracted you to this job, this industry? Often by approaching your work from a beginner’s mind, it can create a new state of curiosity and exploration.
4. Set goals and timelines
It is important to have goals and something to work towards, a sort of incentive. Try and be conscious of your expectations. Perhaps you are being unreasonable with yourself, or maybe you have the wrong goals?
5. Speak to those you trust
Never under estimate what the people around you can do for you. It is important to surround yourself with people that inspire you. Find a mentor in your work place. Someone you look up to, or maybe try to mentor others. You will soak up some of their enthusiasm and excitement.
6. Maintain your health, take a break
It is important to stay active (try going to the gym or even a walk in your lunch break). Eat healthy. Drink lots of water. Make sure you give yourself a holiday every once in a while. Sometimes, a little change of scenery and some time out is enough to recharge the batteries.
Your happiness at work and in your job is vital to live a happy life. If you have tried all measures to renew your passion at work with no luck, you may need to consider a career change. It is never too late, and with so many flexible online study options, retraining yourself should not be out of reach.
Be the change you want to see.